A Lancaster hairdresser has beaten the odds to mark 25 years in business.
Teresa Syers set up her own salon after learning her trade on the old Lancaster market.
Teresa, who lives in Overton, trained in Skipton after leaving Settle High School at the age of 16.
She went to work at Christine’s in the market in 1986, buying it from her three years later. Teresa moved out of the market to a premises in Moor Street in 1998, and has never looked back.
And on Thursday, July 31, she celebrated 25 years of Teresa’s Hair Salon in Lancaster.
Although tucked away in a small side street, Teresa has always had a loyal following of clients.
To mark the anniversary, she ran a competition to win hair vouchers, asking clients to write their thoughts about the salon and the service they receive.
They replied in their droves, saying she was “more than a hairdresser – also a very good friend” and that “it would be a sad day if Teresa moved on”. Others highlighted her care, kindness and cheery nature.
The business has kept going through some tough times, and some of the customers that first visited 25 years ago are still going in today.
In fact, some families have three generations all still going to the studio. And Teresa’s oldest customer celebrates her 100th birthday next year.
Teresa, 51, said: “Because some of my clients knew me when I worked in the market, I have been doing their hair for 28 years. Some of them were brought in by their mothers and now bring in their own children – and the odd one even brings their grandchildren.
“I think a lot of my clients like the one-to-one personal attention.
“After all this time I must be doing something right and I have no plans to retire yet.”
Reaching the milestone was a particularly poignant moment for Teresa, who battled ovarian cancer 12 years ago and feared she would never work again.
She took three years off but came back stronger and more determined than ever to carry on.
She said: “It’s been hard but I have carried on regardless.”
In her spare time Teresa keeps horses and has just qualified in horse care and stable management. She also has two pet dogs, one of which is from her former days of training guide dogs.